Newcastle Still Showing Too Many Bad Habits To Survive


When you look at the goals conceded yesterday by Newcastle all three goals were poor ones to concede and each time we equalized through Aleksandar Mitrovic we managed to concede a goal shortly afterwards – so those are not good things to be happening with just seven games to play.

It’s going to be very very tough to stay up now and each game that goes by that we don’t win will be another nail in the coffin of Newcastle United as we look to take the drop for the second time in seven years under owner Mike Ashley.

aleksandar mitrovic scored first goal

Aleksandar Mitrovic scoring yesterday

We have just one point from the last six games and have never been ahead in any of those  games since we easily beat West Brom 1-0 at home – our last win.

And after managing to concede a winning goal from Norwich in stoppage time yesterday it’s really hard to think Newcastle have much chance of surviving now – it’s been yet another disastrous season for the club.

Norwich City manager Alex Neil was asked if Newcastle could survive – perhaps by doing a Leicester City – who are now 7 points ahead at the top of the Premier league after beating Southampton at home 1-0 today.

And it’s exactly a year after they were rock bottom of the league when all seemed lost.

This is what Alex Neil said:

“I think it’s always tough,” “You know, seven games left so you need to put a real good run together, I don’t think there’s any question about that.”

“They’ve got real quality players too, there’s no doubt that.” “It is a real hard one though.”

“Are they capable of doing it?” “I think if you look at Leicester last season, they managed to do it.”

“I think it would take a brave man to decide who’s going to do what at this stage.”

“There’s a lot of football still to be played.”

Newcastle could be relegated before the last game of the season and if that happens at least the powers that be who are supposed to be running the club will be able to plan for the Championship next season.

We’ll need new players brought in who can handle the physical game, but we have zero confidence in people like Lee Charnley,  who never seem to plan for anything.

There will be a lot to be done but it’s a good question as to who will run the club for Mike Ashley – should he decide to keep the club and not finally sell up – since Lee has proved himself to be lacking in the skill, temperament and experience to be the top executive at Newcastle.

Decisions made by Lee and the Board have gone a long way to seeing us (easily) relegated this season – a short 12 months after we nearly went down last season under John Carver – and even after we spent £82M on transfers last summer and in January.

It’s a crying shame that incompetent and inept people are running the club and have got us to the stage where we are almost certain to become a Championship club soon.

Where we will be next year at this time is anybody’s guess, but it’s unlikely we can come straight back up unless we draft some new players in – preferably those who have some leadership skills and who don’t give up during a game when things get tough.

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60 comments so far

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Apr 3, 2016 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #1

    Anyone regret the selling of Williamson?

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  • Munster Mag

    Apr 3, 2016 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #2

    I dont hear amyone disagreeing with my dounts re benitez selection and team shape and motivation levels now. Get in pearson for the championship

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  • davetoon

    Apr 3, 2016 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #3

    Think Carvup made Williamsons position at the club untenable

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  • stuart no9

    Apr 3, 2016 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #4

    stuart no9 // Apr 3, 2016 at 2:07 PM

    sorry to have to post this again , but im going to post it on every topic untill we are relegated.

    ,,,stuart no9 // Apr 3, 2016 at 11:30 AM

    ED . how to you know Raffa is leaving at the end of the season ? has he told you ? untill he makes a statement saying hes leaving – hes staying .
    Ok its not looking great this morning , however by the law of averages we are due a win , A draw at saints next week is not going to be a decider but we MUST take all 3 against swansea, 1 point against M city, zilch against liverpool, 3 against palace, 3 against villa and 3 against spurs coz the title will be won by the time we play them.so i can see 14 points that are acheivable . 14 plus 25 =39 . enough to stay up this season . thats it we are safe. benitez stays and we kick on next season

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Apr 3, 2016 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #5

    I just looked at the MOM voting, didn’t vote as I didn’t see enough of the game but Mitro gets it despite only playing half the game.

    I’m not going to say the obvious, but resting a young fit player who is raring to go with only a handful of games left is completely stupid.

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  • hibbitt

    Apr 3, 2016 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #6

    Ed
    You can’t teach an old dog new tricks
    and have we got some lazy mongrels

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  • SPRINGY

    Apr 3, 2016 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #7

    essex
    should never of let any defenders go unless they had replacements already here,williamson was’nt great but he had a few decent games and had a bit of height.

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  • SPRINGY

    Apr 3, 2016 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #8

    davetoon from previous
    the amount of times we give the ball away or cross over the bar,not missing the first man,crap corners and free kicks,poor passing,lack of control..yes confidence is a big part of that, but it does look like there is a lack of quality as well as confidence.

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Apr 3, 2016 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #9

    Essex
    Yes me – he was the best ‘defender’ we had – nowt special on the ball but could defend and tackle. Would of got to their first goal yesterday instead of the clown who shut his eyes and dived/fell forward.

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  • davetoon

    Apr 3, 2016 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #10

    It will be interesting to see how these players go if other premier League teams pick them up. See if they improve

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  • toonking

    Apr 3, 2016 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #11

    Last season leister city were bottom of the table and sitting 9 points behind hull who were themselves the 3rd team to drop and had just 9 games remaining

    We ourselves are currently sitting 6 points behind Norwich and 9 behind palace. Things haven’t starting similar, we’ve lost the first 2 where as Leicester city won it’s first two. If other teams get the victories against Norwich and palace. The question is will we try and mimic them or will we remain like this. One part of recent history shows managers are break alot of records. Will rafa do the same and be the first one to make a team survive having a maximum of 10 games remaining or is this a record that will remain as it is?

    Well done to Leicester and I think the title is certain to be theirs now.

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  • SPRINGY

    Apr 3, 2016 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #12

    sissoko is a liability as well when defending corners,he always looses his man,for all he is a big powerful bloke…he’s pretty clueless and also weak in the challenge

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  • toon kk

    Apr 3, 2016 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #13

    Davetoon
    From previous post.
    Maybe our team on paper shouldn’t be in the bottom three but our defensive players shouldn’t be in the premier league in the first place. But if a player doesn’t give 100% no matter how good he is or managed the team won’t function properly.

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  • SPRINGY

    Apr 3, 2016 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #14

    i think the mackems have leicester so the way this season has panned out leicester will surprisingly get beat and palace will be happy to draw with norwich….think we’ve lost 4-0 at southampton the last 2 seasons,i’ll be surprised if its not something similar or even worse.

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  • mactoon

    Apr 3, 2016 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #15

    Rafa’s team selection and formation didn’t fill me with confidence. Against teams around us we need to take the game to them not play 4231 like McClaren did. Look where that got us.

    With regards to Charnley et all, Ashley has no clue about football, has no one around him with any idea about football and has appointed a board who have no idea about football. What chance does a club have with that set up?

    £82 million spent and get worse.. GOOD GOD!!!

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Apr 3, 2016 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #16

    Munster

    Whilst we didn’t speak about it at the time, I also was worried that Rafa didn’t have the experience of fighting a relegation battle so I was concerned about his ability to motivate a squad enveloped in a toxic atmosphere and that seems to be bearing out right now.

    I was confused by his decision to start Cisse and Taylor – perhaps because they’re more experienced? Right now I’d keep the faith in younger players, let them go out and play. I’d have Mitro over Cisse every day of the week.

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  • chicousa

    Apr 3, 2016 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #17

    toonking,
    Yes it is conceivable that we could yet avoid the drop as Leicester did last season. But unlikely as the glaring difference between the Foxes then and the Mags now is that they had players who had strong character, passion and desire. This lot we have could care less, instead looking at relegation for us as a way out for them! Sissoko, Janmaat, Wini, Shelvey, and a few others are looking for their next selfish move.

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  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Apr 3, 2016 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #18

    Also, don’t fall for the “I’m not involved in running the club” bullshit that Ashley is peddling. He appoints yes men who are woefully inadequate for the job at hand so they’ll do his bidding. Ashley is 100% in charge.

    I also don’t believe that he’ll not sell up. Let’s put the pressure on him to go. Can’t be any worse than the usual shit the “loyal” folks have been doing all season.

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Apr 3, 2016 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #19

    Twenty20 final turning into a classic
    West Indies 9-2 chasing 150 plus

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  • SPRINGY

    Apr 3, 2016 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #20

    out of the team that started yesterday,how many will be at the club f we are relegated?

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  • toonking

    Apr 3, 2016 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #21

    Essex

    Players such as Williamson don’t have the same skill as a champions league team but his work rate and effort was over looked. Williamson himself would always put his best of effort into a game and try to stop a goal getting conceded but mbemba doesn’t have a clue about the feeling of relegation. Our relegation doesn’t ensure he’ll be in the championship where as Williamson knew a drop could result in championship football, to keep the risk to a minimum he’d put 110% effort into a game.

    Looking back at things the loss of danny simpson is anotherplay who I feel was a bad decision. Debuchy himself was a better RB and would be used first. The problem with simmo’s exit is we’re left in desperation of getting a RB once debuchy leaves and have brought in a one who’s defensive game is very poor which just adds to a shambolic defence overall.

    Just watching leicester city shows that great speed, work rate and team play can give you results. Unlike great skill this style should assure more assurance of getting out of chaotic situations like this. Great skilll means your gambling on high spending and sometimes players will end up acting like mercinies.

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  • lesh

    Apr 3, 2016 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #22

    Essex

    Selling Willo was madness. Charnley saw the opportunity to cash in on him and get him off the payroll when Saylor looked ready to return.

    Absolute madness which again confirms the fixation that Ashley (and his gofor Charnley) hss with the bottom line.

    While not the best CB in the world, he’s steady and if nowt else would’ve provided another defensive option.

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Apr 3, 2016 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #23

    Charley

    If it was possible to watch the cricket without having to pat through the nose to Rupert I might be interested but as it stands, who cares?

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  • NoahJ

    Apr 3, 2016 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #24

    The most staggering ”bad habit’ is insisting on the same formations despite them clearly not working. lone striker doesn’t work. sissoko has done nothing this season- why is he never dropped? why does aarons never play? why, when SDJ comes on and makes us look more balanced, does he never then start the next game?

    I would personally play 4-3-3, with mitro, perez and aarons/townsend up top, with SDJ, shelvey and tiote/saivet commanding the midfield. we don’t have time to not be attacking

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Apr 3, 2016 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #25

    Taylor or Williamson, I know who I would prefer?

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  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Apr 3, 2016 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #26

    Pay not Pat through the nose. 🙂

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  • Ron Knee

    Apr 3, 2016 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #27

    Samuels out.

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  • SPRINGY

    Apr 3, 2016 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #28

    noahj
    aarons has shown very little when he’s been on,granted that has not been much but he has’nt looked interested…as for sissoko gini…they appear to be undroppable….no matter how they play.

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  • Ron Knee

    Apr 3, 2016 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #29

    I was wrong.

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  • ROSHAN MAGPIE

    Apr 3, 2016 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #30

    I don’t think ashley would back benitez even if we survive he will do what he did with keegan

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  • ROSHAN MAGPIE

    Apr 3, 2016 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #31

    under ashley we are doomed

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  • mattyNUFC

    Apr 3, 2016 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #32

    Townsend was infuriating yesterday

    how many times did he choose to cut inside and had nothing to show for it when he could have taken the sensible option and crossed the ball or got to the byline to make something happen.

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  • ROSHAN MAGPIE

    Apr 3, 2016 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #33

    hope ashley will sell the club once we are relegated

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  • SPRINGY

    Apr 3, 2016 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #34

    matty
    it looked like that was something he had been told to do, as he seemed very one minded about doing the same thing time after time.

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  • mattyNUFC

    Apr 3, 2016 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #35

    my team for southampton

    …………….darlow……………
    Jan….colo……jamaal…sissoko
    ………anita……shelvey…….
    perez……..de jong…….townsend
    ……………mitro……………..

    I’m over Gini at this point. perez aint a winger but if he’s there interchanging with other players, he’s a damn better bet on making something happen over Gini who’s completely ghosted this entire season. And townsend needs to be on the left to cross with his left. none of that nonsense like yesterday

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  • welshgeordie9

    Apr 3, 2016 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #36

    Well i can safely say that we are down if we lose next weekend and Norwich win, 9 points is a lot with just a couple of games to go.

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  • mattyNUFC

    Apr 3, 2016 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #37

    springy

    it was a strange one. completely predictable and after the first one the \norwich defenders read it every time

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  • Tsunki

    Apr 3, 2016 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #38

    I think once our fate is mathematically sealed, the Ashley Out! Campaign deserves a resurrection. As Ruddy says this ‘don’t blane me I only own the club’ nonsense by Ashley is no excuse, any more than someone passing by their own injured child without helping is blameless for their fate. He has owned us for a decade and his financial model has been a bad idea implemented pitifully. it’s his remit, and his recent spend was a last throw in his gamble that the stupidity of his advertising vehicle and TV money turnover business could still work despite years of visible decline.

    Now we have a sporting institution stripped clean of it’s heritage, ambition and future for the sake of an asset-managing predators’ greed. The club from the laughable token ‘academy’ up through the ranks is populated with speculative transfer turnover cattle, and shepherded by low-skill under managers with a set of pally department heads who have the sketchiest idea of what worlds they are straddling.

    The club is now a pale shadow of what it’s desperate hard core of fans remember, they are grimly clinging on to support the romantic past of a football club whose identity has long since been scraped away.

    By erosion of our sensibiloty, we have all stood and watched this sad and brutal transformation hoping it really wasn’t the horrible eventuality it actually was.

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  • mattyNUFC

    Apr 3, 2016 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #39

    toonbrother’d have me by the balls for that team, but even before his injury, Mbemba has been atrocious in 2016. a shadow of himself in the first half of the season

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  • SPRINGY

    Apr 3, 2016 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #40

    matty
    when ya see sissoko on the left and townsend on the right the idea of cutting inside to support the striker,link up and get some shots away but the striker has to be mobile,strong and have a good touch,cisse is’nt that player…he would be better up front with someone like mitro..but we dont play that way…..im not convinced any of our players can play this formation if im honest…no one ever looks comfotable…and never have even under pardew.

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